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[Graphic News] Unhealthy teen habits getting worse

Roughly 1 in 7 male students in middle and high school smoke, a recent report by the state-run Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed.The study on 80,000 students across Korea showed ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:15

Top prosecutor reiterates SNS libel crackdown

Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae clarified Thursday that the investigative authority would not scrap its position to take stern punitive measures against defamation by the Internet and mobile users.Kim, however, admitted that the prosecution had caused unnecessary controversy involving the a...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:13

Deranged man suspected of killing parents

Police said Thursday they are investigating a 39-year-old man who allegedly confessed to killing his parents after showing symptoms of mental illness.The man, identified only by his surname Lee, is suspected of stabbing his parents to death in their home in eastern Daejeon, 164 kilometers ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Seoul to check safety of vents

Seoul kicked off a two-week safety inspection on ventilation facilities in the city, officials said Thursday.The inspection is in response to last week’s accident at a concert in Pangyo Techno Valley...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:12

Shorter working hours planned for parents with young kids

South Korean parents with children aged 8 and younger will soon be able to work shorter hours at their normal pay for up to two years, if they choose not to use their parental leave, the government announced Thursday.Currently, parents who opt not to take their one-year parental leave are ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:10

Overseas fugitives on the rise: lawmaker

More than 3,000 Korean criminals have fled overseas over the past four years, with hundreds still on the loose and only a few dozen returned to South Korea, a lawmaker said Thursday.Citing data from the Justice Ministry, Rep. Seo Young-kyo of the main opposition party said the number of ov...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:10

[Herald Interview] Breast cancer expert espouses gender-specific approach

Even for Dr. Moon Byung-in, one of the most respected breast cancer specialists in South Korea, talking to his patients about their condition was not easy at first. “Sometimes I wouldn’t know what t...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:58

Ex-President Chun's son gets suspended jail term for tax evasion in appeal

A Seoul appeals court on Thursday sentenced a son of disgraced former President Chun Doo-hwan to three years in prison with a four-year stay of execution for tax evasion in a 2006 land deal, upholding a lower court ruling.The Seoul High Court handed down the sentence to Chun Jae-yong, the ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 12:01

Hundreds of overseas fugitives remain at large: lawmaker

More than 400 South Korean criminal suspects remain at large after fleeing overseas, with only a few dozen being extradited to South Korea each year, a lawmaker said Thursday.Citing data from the justice ministry, Rep. Seo Young-kyo of the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy sai...

Updated : 2014.10.23 10:32

Watchdog probing instant noodle, snack makers for fixing prices: sources

South Korea's antitrust watchdog has launched a probe into suspicions that major instant noodle and snack makers were involved in fixing prices, government sources said Thursday."A probe is underway as there are suspicions that some companies had conspired to hike prices of their products ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 09:58

Young Koreans’ struggles behind low birthrate

South Korea’s low birthrate is generating deep concern among policymakers. The government is scrambling to shore up the falling birthrate, a threat that could jeopardize Asia’s fourth-largest econom...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:16

English leaflet on sexual harassment for migrant workers

The Korean government said Wednesday that it will publish and distribute a leaflet in English on sexual-harassment prevention, available online from Thursday, amid growing concerns about female migrant workers having trouble due to the language barrier.The Ministry of Employment and Labor ...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:01

9 in 10 female students don’t exercise enough

Over 90 percent of female students and 80 percent of male students in Korea do not get sufficient exercise, a study showed Wednesday, raising alarm over the physical well-being of students overburdened with pressure of studying.According to a report by Korea Centers for Disease Control and...

Updated : 2014.10.22 20:00

‘Gray divorce’ hits record high in 2013

The divorce rate among couples married for 20 years or longer, or gray divorces, surged to a record high last year, data showed Wednesday.Older-age divorces have been on a steady rise in the country for the past five years, with 32,433 such couples ending their marriages in 2013, according...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:58

College students adopt rules to protect sexual minorities

Korea University’s student council recently revised its rules to ban discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or SOGI, officials said Wednesday.The move came as a response to a series of suspected homophobic incidents. Earlier this year, a school club for...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:58